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Iowa woman admits starting house fire with meth lab

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Julie Uhrig

A 53-year-old Dubuque woman will spend more than 11 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to attempted manufacture of methamphetamine near a school.

Julie Uhrig was sentenced January 3, 2013 after pleading guilty September 11, 2012. 

Uhrig admitted to trying to manufacture meth at a home on Windsor Avenue in Dubuque.  The house caught fire as a result of the meth lab February 15, 2012.   A child was in the home at the time of the fire.   The home was also located within 1,000 feet of an elementary school. 

Five days after the fire, Uhrig was busted manufacturing methamphetamine at a different home on White Street in Dubuque.

Uhrig was sentenced to 136 months (11 years and four months) in prison plus six years of supervised release after her prison term is completed.  She was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment and $142,062.41 in restitution to the owner of the home where the fire happened.

Two other Dubuque residents pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the case.  Nickolas Clark is set to be sentenced January 16, 2013 for lying to investigators about the identity of people cooking meth in the burned home and about whether there was a child present in the home.  Dawn Richey pleaded guilty December 12, 2012 to aiding and abetting Uhrig’s attempted manufacture of meth, and will be sentenced at a later date.